Hearne hit on a sad but strong point. Nobody was at the Plaza for the lighting ceremony.
Let me enlighten you further. Nobody is out at all, except shoppers on Black Friday. For the most part, the crowd going out for drinks and partying anymore is nonexistent. Sure, there is an okay Saturday here and there, but overall, it is d.e.a.d.
I hate to be the one bringing you the news you know but don’t want to hear. But the days of going out and looking for a hottie are pretty much gone. There are a handful of happy hour places in Johnson County that have a small crowd at times. But, you drive this city from 9 p.m. on any night of the week and it’s lookin’ pretty Monday night.
The holidays used to be a time when the college kids would flood the Plaza, Westport or now the Power & Light District. Or somewhere. College kids don’t really do that anymore. The bust on fake IDs – the DUI checkpoints – it’s all working because the city is dead.
The economy is a big reason. And, with today’s age of technology, who needs a nightspot when you can go download all the action.
I find it tragic.
Fortunately, this doesn’t apply to comedy as much since people still like to do that with dates or the wife or out-of-town guests. But still, it makes it harder.
I went out the night before Thanksgiving. I was headed to see Johnny Dare’s event at the Midland. Man, the night before Thanksgiving used to be a HUGE bar night when I ran Stanford’s in Westport. HUGE!
Kelly’s had lines to get in and so did we. That was only seven years ago!
On my way to the Midland, I went through the Plaza – empty. Westport – small crowd. Power and Light – quiet. Hit the Midland – they were packed. Sold out.
Thanks to Dare, post-show, Westport and Power and Light got kinda busy for an hour or two. Those 3,000 fans leaving the Midland helped 100 percent.
I guess in time we’ll see the demise of movie theaters and most nightclubs. Only commercial or fast food restaurants will remain, with curfews set at 10 p.m. for your own good.
But…we’ll have 5,000 movie channels and 69 football games on the tube. And we will all be in our own little prisons.